Tuesday, July 10, 2018

 

10 Questions with Ed The Dog


After the break-up of his previous band Fish Tank, quitting his day job as an admin assistant, and the subsequent quarter life crisis, Ed Wetenhall retreated into his attic and began writing…
With the few broken and battered instruments available, he used his crippling fears, dry wit, and tentative optimism to write and record an LP. The result of this self-imposed exile and reflection is his debut album ‘Shame’, a hook filled, lo-fi exploration into adulthood, anxiety and what it means to be a hopeless romantic in 2018.

Vinyl Tapestry caught up with Ed after the release of his latest single 'Television Era'. Ed's debut album 'Shame' will be released on ALLONEWORD records on the 27th of July, we can't wait!


Where do you go to discover new music?
Weirdly, I think having grown up in a very visually oriented household (Mum’s an artist, Grandad’s a filmmaker) I've always gravitated towards watching music videos and gigs on Youtube rather than say, sticking on a random album from Dad's vinyl collection. As a result, the 'related videos' tab on the right side of the screen has been the predominate source of new music for me since probably about 2008!

My latest Youtube finding is this brilliant musician and film maker called 'Jack Stauber'. He makes these really great 30-40 second long pop gems with little videos that really remind me of watching stuff like 'Rex The Runt' and 'Action League Now!' when I was kid. Having said all that though, my brother James just got a family Spotify subscription for us. I guess I’m finding music the way most people do these days now?

What have we got to look forward to with you this year?
My latest single ‘Television Era’ just came out and I’m really pleased with the response so far. Wrote that one about four years ago with one of my best mates and long time musical collaborator Charlie Lashmar (he’ll be playing guitar in the live band too). It feels like a real relief for us to finally have people hear it. Huw Stephens premiering it on Radio 1 was the icing on the cake!

The music video for Television Era is coming out sometime in the next few weeks, and then my debut album ‘Shame’ gets release on July 27th! I’m very nervous about people hearing the full thing, but also quite chuffed it’s an actually thing now, and not just random ideas, and logic 9 project files piling up on my desktop. We will be doing some live shows at some point this year but you’ll have to wait and see about dates.

First song you fell in love with?
It’s either ‘19-2000’ by Gorillaz or ‘The Long and Winding Road’ by The Beatles. Can’t remember which one was first, but I do remember being completely captivated by both (for very different reasons though!)

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
David Longstreth from Dirty Projectors. Not sure it’d be the most fruitful endeavour, but I’d use the time to pick his brain about how he approaches songwriting and life and that.

What would you most like to own on vinyl?
An old favourite probably, something like ‘Good Old Boys’ by Randy Newman, ‘Room on Fire’ by The Strokes, ‘Swing Lo Magellan’ by Dirty Projectors, ‘Mind Games’ by John Lennon, ‘Self Titled’ by Darwin Deez…this could go on for a while!

Who are you listening to at the moment?
Courtney Barnett’s new album is a winner. My girlfriend Jo surprised me with tickets the other day to see her in Manchester and she played it in full, in order. The experience has really amplified how much I love that record.

I’m also listening to the new Zuzu EP, and the new Darwin Deez, Spring King, and Estrons singles respectively. My bass player Zak just got me into ‘Francis Bebey’ who I thought I’d never heard of until we drove back from practice the other day, but turns out I’ve heard ‘The Coffee Cola Song’ before when it was used as the walk-on music at the King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Brixton Academy show in Feb. Enchanting 80s afrobeat stuff, just bloody brilliant.

What’s your guilty pleasure song?
The song over the opening of ‘Grease’ when it’s all animated. Frankie Valli performs it but it’s written by a Bee Gee I think.

What inspires you to write music?
I think it’s always born out of needing some real catharsis for me. Writing music or making some art is much like therapy deep down I guess. If I make something I’m really pleased with, it can really balance me out for quite a few days…Biology!

However, sometimes just experiencing art I love inspires me. I’ll hear a piece of music or see a piece of art and think “Holy fuck! I wanna go make something that makes someone feel the way I do listening to / seeing this!” Experiencing that can be very motivating.

What’s your favourite song to play live?
Probably the title track ‘Shame’. I’m a big fan of linear drum parts y’see? Especially ones with a nice piercing jam block! Very dancey. ‘God Damn’ is also so much fun to play with the band.

Where would you most like to play?
I think Brixton Academy, Kentish Town Forum, and KOKO are my big three. I’ve seen so many incredible gigs at all of them, would be a dream come true to leave a little shoe scuff on one of those stages.

Television Era out now

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